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Siegfried Jacoby Family Collection 1880-1960


Thomas F. Bunzl, 1993

Organization prior to reprocessing:

Box 1 : Family Papers

Miscellaneous Papers, incl. menu, drawing, clippings, photos, train passes, First World War memorial medal donation cards, Siegfried's adrress book with calling card (in Sp.), recipe book, school essay, child's sketchbook, "The Youth of Little Friedrich" with war clippings and photo of Siegfried in uniform, war diary in shorthand, letter fragment from Selma's mother, Siegfried's military discharge, Friedrich's death cert

Family Emigration to Argentina, incl. copies of birth certificates, marriage cert., immunization cert., residency cert., Argentine consulate's cert., Statement of health from English physician, Blue Star Line travel info., Argentine passes/idents

Ursel's Papers: Claudio's birth notice, journal inscribed by relatives/friends; Envelopes/notes written by Ursel for collection; Print of sketch of Ursel

Box 2 and 3: Family Correspondence

Box 4,5,6,7,8 : Siegfried's Literary Works

Box 9 : Ursel's Professional Works

Box 10: Siegfried's Herbarium Collection: notes, pressings

Box 11: Newspapers of Siegfried's/Ursel's Works [OSL 14]

1. Siegfried's Works

2. Ursel's Works

This collection contains the papers of members of the Siegfried Jacoby family, depicting the family's private lives as well as their literary work. Most prominent among the papers here are many unpublished manuscripts, family correspondence, and Siegfried Jacoby's herbarium. There is also personal correspondence with others, some professional correspondence, official and personal papers, newspaper clippings, and a few notebooks and family photographs

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Finding aid available online:

Siegfried Jacoby was born on February 2, 1877 in Marggrabowa, East Prussia (now Olecko, Poland). He lived in Berlin, where he worked as an advertiser and businessman under the nomme de travail "Fritz Blum." In addition, Siegfried was a prolific author, writing numerous plays, short stories, essays, and poems, as well as writing for several newspapers. Siegfried's chief hobby was botany, in the course of which he assembled many journals of plant pressings and descriptions. On April 10, 1906, Siegfried married Selma (spelled Sellma on the birth certificate) Cohn from Schwerin an der Warthe (now Skwierzyna, Poland). Siegfried and Selma had two children. Their son, Friedrich Walther (Fritz), was born on June 1, 1909. Fritz died in Wernigerode in 1929. The Jacobys' daughter, Ursula Ellen (usually known as Ursel, also called Ulle), was born on October 25, 1907. Ursel was quite well-educated, being fluent in English and French. She followed in her father's literary footsteps as an author and translator. As a child, Ursula won or placed in several youth writing contests. As a young women in the 1920s, she worked as a translator for several regional papers. Between March and May 1927, Ursel went to Paris

In October 1932, Ursel married Max Bunzl, son of the Viennese Kommerzialrat Martin and Margrete (Grete) Bunzl. Max worked for his father's company. Ursel and Max lived in Frankfurt am Main and thereafter in Vienna. In December 1934, Ursula and Max had a son, Tom (Tommy). On October 3, 1937, the Bunzls had another son, Claudi (also known as Clausi or Klausi). The next year, the family left Austria for England. From there, Max went to Palestine (where he had relatives) and Ursula and Claudi went to Argentina (where Claudi became Claudio)

In 1939, Selma and Siegfried Jacoby left Germany, travelling like their daughter to London. Later that year, the Jacobys joined their daughter and grandson in Argentina. The Jacoby-Bunzls lived in Buenos Aires, Conesa, and Rio Caballos while in Argentina. Siegfried, or Sigfrido, continued to write in German and Spanish, sometimes using the nomme du plume "Siegfried Jacoby-Wilde" (Sigfried may have been fond of Oscar Wilde). Eventually, Max (or Maximo) joined his family in Argentina

Little information is available about the Jacobys or Bunzls after the war. In 1947, Ursula returned to Europe, although it is unclear where. By the 1960s she had moved to London. The fate of her parents, husband, and child is unclear

Blum, Fritz ; Cohn, Selma ; Jacoby, Selma (nee Cohn) ; Jacoby, Friedrich Walther (Fritz) ; Jacoby Bunzl, Ursel Ellen ; Bunzl, Max ; Bunzel, Claudi (Clausi)

Palestine ; Austria ; Buenos Aires ; Treuburg (Marggrabowa) ; Berlin ; Vienna

Volume 05
Pages 955
Language German
Call number 000198040
Digitizing sponsor Leo Baeck Institute Archives
Book contributor Leo Baeck Institute Archives
Collection microfilm; additional_collections
Notes Film/Fiche is presented as originally captured.

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